Adkins Arboretum Forest Walk

    The Food Initiative collaborates with Adkins Arboretum on  ethnobotanical projects to explore edible trees native to our region. 

    Adkins Arboretum Forest WalkShane Brill, Analiese Bush, and Melia Greene led the first edible forest walk.

    Food Initiative interns are developing profiles for the following plants on the Adkins Arboretum Forest Walk. Check back soon for updated information and a map to explore these food resources.

    • Acer spp. - Maple
    • Amelanchier spp. - Juneberry
    • Asimina triloba - Paw Paw
    • Betula nigra, River Birch
    • Carya spp. - Hickory
    • Castanea dentata - American Chestnut
    • Castanea pumila - Chinquapin
    • Diospyros virginiana - American Persimmon
    • Fagus grandifolia - American Beech
    • Ilex opaca - American Holly
    • Juglans nigra - Black Walnut
    • Juniperus virginiana - Red Cedar
    • Prunus serotina - Black Cherry
    • Quercus spp. - Oak
    • Rhus copallinum - Shining Sumac
    • Sassafras albidum - Sassafras
    • Tilia americana - American Basswood
    • Ulmus spp. - Elm

    Join Us for Food Initiative Forest Walks in 2022!

    Adkins Arboretum 
    5/31, 7/26, and 9/20
    1–2:30 p.m.

    Register Online

    Join the ethnobotanical research team from the Food Initiative at Washington College for guided tree walks exploring historical foodways and future food resources including fruits, nuts, leaves, sap, and roots.

    Discover how a permaculture approach toward plant functions supports ecological stewardship and food security. Learn about resources the Food Initiative is developing to bring the flavor of native landscapes into your kitchen.